Jenny Oyallon-Koloski

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Photographing the Pyrenées.

Videographic Criticism / Photography / Photoshop / Filmmaking / Choreography / Web Design

Below is a selected portfolio of my creative work. Much of my aesthetic interests in visual design and filmmaking investigate existing film form to emphasize juxtapositions and create playful homages. My interests lie more in the domain of aesthetic experimentation and formal re-creations than they do in a focus on personal expression.

Videographic Criticism

The field of videographic criticism intrigues me as a supplemental medium for scholarly and artistic expression. I see particular promise in the blending of artistic practices to clarify the stylistic parallels and departures I observe between films of the same genre or to show the evolution of stylistic norms over time.

One particularly fruitful area of videographic analysis to me is the sub-field of videographi "deformations." Below is an example of the musical grid pieces I'm creating that allows viewers to experience all of a film musical's numbers simultaneously, which serves to efficiently demonstrate the range and quantity of musical sequences within a particular film.

Musical Deformations: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort Grid.

You can view additional examples of my videographic work on my Vimeo page. Please note that all my videographic work is for study purposes only.

Photography

Teaching my students how to improve their photography skills has encouraged me to do the same. I love catching people in their own movement idiosyncrasies, dancers especially. Recently, the graphic qualities of environments are also catching my eye:

An Oxford bubble I captured while studying abroad in 2006
Members of the Semaphore Repertory Dance Company, Carleton College
Father and son in the French Pyrenées
Rochefort, France, where Jacques Demy filmed The Young Girls of Rochefort

Photoshop

My favorite Photoshop design project is an homage to the 1934 Warner Bros. film Wonder Bar. Here is the original poster, image courtesy of the Media History Digital Library:

Wonder Bar, directed by Lloyd Bacon and choreographed by Busby Berkeley (1934)

My version takes some creative liberties, in the choice of movie studio, especially:

Image courtesy of "Mina Goldwyn Mayer" studios

I took a more playful approach in creating this simple modified image of Finn and Jake from the television show Adventure Time to teach my students about using shadows in Photoshop:

Original background of image courtesy of Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

Filmmaking

In 2013, I co-directed and edited an instructional video, "So You Want to Study Movies?," about the Communication Arts department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in collaboration with Maureen Rogers and Nora Stone. Our video was selected to play in the 2013 Fall Semester Communication Arts Showcase and is featured on our department website.

In 2010, I made a one-minute light journal on 16 mm film using a Bolex camera and analog editing. This digitized Telecine version does not include color details from the tissue paper I attached to the hand-punched cutouts seen throughout the film.

In 2015, I made a complilation film, "Dancing to the Movies," for a dance-based event. It took the audience on a journey of dance in cinema, from the 1930s to present day. The numbers from each decade were (overall) chosen for their simplicity, encouraging the audience to dance along. This film was intended for a private event rather than widespread distribution. By transforming the purpose of the original numbers, my use of this material falls under Fair Use guidelines, but I have chosen not to distribute it online; please contact me to see the full version. Here are some hints at the numbers included:

Flying Down to Rio, 1934 Stormy Weather, 1943 Singin' in the Rain, 1952 Thoroughly Modern Millie, 1967 The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975 Xanadu, 1980 She's All That, 1999 Dhoom 2, 2006 I'm So Excited!, 2013

Choreography

In 2007, I choreographed a piece for the Sempahore Repertory Dance Company, La Kinesphère. I was particularly interested in a broad use of space, lighting techniques to define borders of movement, and a play between unison and individual phrases. The music is "Beautiful Life" by Gui Boratto.

Web Design

I've also designed a website in HTML and CSS: this one! Want to return to the top?